Youth Day Graduate Networking Picnic

Bushbuckridge born Youth Development graduate, Warren Vutivi Khoza, calls young people to celebrate Youth Day in a fun and educational way with the first ever peer-mentor Graduate Picnic in rural Mpumalanga. Having had the privilege of being a pupil of the first English-medium private school in rural Bushbuckridge, Sam Nzima English Medium Educare Centre, Vutivi is aware that not many young people in his community get to enjoy the same privileges. His recognition of the lack of information and motivation for rural learners and took it upon himself to be the change he wants to see in his community. Vutivi says that he is tired of the trivialisation of Youth Day as a day when young people get dressed in school uniform and embark on drinking trips. In honour of the many young people and the recently deceased local icon, Sam Nzima, the picnic is meant to celebrate education in a fun, cool and fashionable way. There is no harm in having fun on Youth Day; it would however be a shame if we, as young people, forgot what the day is really about…

The picnic will be a gathering of about 30 graduates and 30 high school learners. The aim thereof is to create a motivational/inspirational space where local graduates will share their stories with high school learners in efforts to encourage and motivate them to aspire to further their studies. The activities done during the event will include:


  • Adopt a Rural Learner Initiative (where a graduate will adopt a Grade 12 Learner and pledge to check up on the learner at least once a week; assist the learner in choosing a right career path; help them throughout application process and ensure that the learner applies on time as we as share tips and advice on how to tackle the challenges of varsity life).
  • Graduates will also share on the following topics:
  • How interesting was your course and why did you choose it?
  • Best memories you had in varsity
  • The most embarrassing moments you had in varsity
  • Entering the corporate world after varsity
  • How to apply for jobs (how to put your documents in order, authentic links to check for job applications, etc.)
  • Tips on how to tackle interview questions
  • Games and networking
  • Picnic (light meal)
  • Photo shoot

There are only a limited number of seats left. However, you can still sponsor a rural-based learner to attend this wonderful networking event for only R180.00. The event will be held as follows:

Date: 16 June 2018

Venue: Machete Lodge in Mkhuhlu (eMantangaleni).

Time: 11:00 am till late

RSVP & Registrations: Vutivi Khoza +27 79 397 6740

Account Number: 1395636794 (Capitec)

Dress code: Smart casual/semi-formal with a graduation hood and/or cap

If education truly is the key to success, it is our duty and responsibility to pass down the key once we have opened our own doors #IfYouRiseTakeSomeoneWithYou!

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